Analyzing VMware’s past to chart the future of multicloud

Silicon Angle | August 25, 2019

In this the 10th year of theCUBE’s coverage of VMworld, I’m going to take a look at the ebb and flow of VMware Inc.’s role in the waves of change in the technology industry and what’s coming next. Server virtualization is pervasive today, but in the early days, it took a lot of time to educate and sort out the details of what would and wouldn’t work. The timing of server virtualization was good: Server sprawl was prevalent in data centers, and the dot-com burst had companies looking at cost saving initiatives.Server utilization was typically in the single digits, so the idea of consolidating many physical machines into a fewer with the utilization of virtual machines was attractive. One of Wikibon’s earliest projects back in the 2000s before I joined was helping customers claim rebates from energy companies for deploying VMs. In these early days, the requirements of the hardware were very important: An incompatible BIOS could take a long time to sort out.

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In the release of VMware vSphere 5.0, VMware also released a new software storage appliance called the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA). VMware VSA provides an alternative shared storage solution to our Small to Medium Business (SMB) customers who might not be in a position to purchase a Storage Area Network (SAN) or Network-Attached Storage (NAS) array for their virtual infrastructure. Without shared storage configured in a vSphere environment, customers have not been able to exploit the unique features available in vSphere 5.0, such as vSphere High Availability (HA), vSphere, vMotion™ and vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS). The VSA is designed to provide “Shared Storage for Everyone”.

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In the release of VMware vSphere 5.0, VMware also released a new software storage appliance called the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA). VMware VSA provides an alternative shared storage solution to our Small to Medium Business (SMB) customers who might not be in a position to purchase a Storage Area Network (SAN) or Network-Attached Storage (NAS) array for their virtual infrastructure. Without shared storage configured in a vSphere environment, customers have not been able to exploit the unique features available in vSphere 5.0, such as vSphere High Availability (HA), vSphere, vMotion™ and vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS). The VSA is designed to provide “Shared Storage for Everyone”.

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Avast One to Extend Home Network Protection and Online Safety Guidance Across Platforms

Avast | August 10, 2022

Avast One, the all-in-one digital protection service from Avast (LSE: AVST), a global leader in digital security and privacy, has extended its cross-platform support by adding its Online Safety Score feature to both the Mac and iOS platforms of Avast One. Previously available on Windows and Android, Online Safety Score helps people take control of their online safety by providing a simple, easy to read score with regular feedback and tips on how to improve it further. Network Inspector, formally known as WiFi Inspector in Avast Free Antivirus, has also been added to the Mac platform so that networks and devices can be scanned for vulnerabilities. The update follows Avast One's recognition by AV-Test as a 'Top Product' in the industry, achieving full points in malware protection, performance and usability. Earlier this year, Avast bolstered the free and premium versions of Avast One with new and innovative privacy and scam prevention features across all major platforms, including Email Guardian, Private Mode, Scam Protection for mobile, and a Smart VPN which launches automatically for activities such as online banking. In this latest update, Avast has strengthened its cross-platform support further with Online Safety Score and Network Inspector which provide more guidance and user control over online safety for greater peace of mind no matter the device used. Premium customers can benefit from Avast One's leading protection and performance capabilities for up to 30 computers and mobile phones across PC, Mac, Android and iOS, ensuring families and their devices stay private and secure. Last year, Avast's Digital Citizenship study of over 16,000 people found that despite the internet's increasing importance day-to-day, heightened online safety and privacy concerns are stopping people from fully engaging in online activities. With this in mind, Avast has enhanced the protection capabilities of Avast One across all platforms, to provide online citizens with greater control and confidence at a time of rising online scams, fraud, and other malicious activity. "Across the world, safe and free access to digital services is increasingly becoming an everyday requirement. Yet our Avast Digital Citizenship Report found that two out of three people decided not to do something online because of security and privacy concerns, It's a wake-up call for us that many people do not feel confident about using critical online services and are abandoning decisions to shop, bank, or register new accounts because of concerns about security, privacy and identity. We understand that effective protection means protection on our customers' terms, and with Avast One we've made sure it's available on every major platform, wherever and whenever it's needed." Vita Santrucek, Chief Product Officer at Avast In addition to Online Safety Score, the features available in the latest update of Avast One include: Network Inspector: automatically scans networks and connected devices for vulnerabilities, and offers recommendations to improve device security when connected to public networks, as well as tips to strengthen the protection of home networks so that intruders are unable to access them and obtain personal data App Lock: locks sensitive apps and photos with a PIN, pattern, or fingerprint that's different to the authentication used to unlock a phone, providing the user with an additional layer of protection. Available on Avast One Individual and Family for Android. For individuals or families with iOS devices, the Photo Vault feature secures photos in an encrypted folder inside the Avast One app, protected by a PIN, Touch ID or Face ID to improve privacy on shared mobile devices. Avast One is available in Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It is available for download now at www.avast.com and is compatible with Android, iOS, macOS and Windows. About Avast: Avast a FTSE 100 company, is a global leader in digital security and privacy, headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic. With over 435 million users online, Avast offers products under the Avast and AVG brands that protect people from threats on the internet and the evolving IoT threat landscape. The company's threat detection network is among the most advanced in the world, using machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies to detect and stop threats in real time. Avast digital security products for Mobile, PC or Mac are top-ranked and certified by VB100, AV-Comparatives, AV-Test, SE Labs and others.

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BlackBerry Strengthens QNX Advanced Virtualization Framework

BlackBerry | June 16, 2022

BlackBerry Limited has released an upgraded version of the QNX Advanced Virtualization Frameworks (QAVF) as well as compatibility for Google's newest Android Automotive OS (AAOS) reference implementation (Trout 1.0). This latest version of QAVF, which is now in use by OEMs across several production projects, will allow embedded automotive software developers to simplify development, expedite time to market, and decrease costs when designing Android Automotive OS-based IVI systems. This new invention extends BlackBerry's leading position in the embedded vehicle software industry by providing a framework for the development of both safety and non-safety applications. QNX Advanced Virtualization Frameworks extends the functionality of the QNX Hypervisor and the QNX Hypervisor for Security to support the complex sharing and abstraction of the underlying hardware in a hypervised environment for systems such as digital cockpits, domain controllers, and other high-performance compute applications that require a combination of safety and non-safety functions. The QNX Hypervisor solutions, QAVF and Trout 1.0, work together to offer a quick application development environment while exploiting the capabilities and benefits of the Android operating system. Virtualization is an essential necessity in present and future cockpit technologies. Trout 1.0, QNX Hypervisor for Safety, and QNX safety-certified shared device drivers work together to simplify Android integration for clients while also offering a suitable platform for designing mixed-criticality systems. QNX is upgrading QAVF to correspond with the current VIRTIO standards and provide USB management, filesystem sharing, and specialized graphics sharing for mission sensitive situations, in addition to supporting Trout 1.0. The advancement is yet another important automotive milestone for the company, whose BlackBerry QNX technology is in production programs with 45 different OEMs and 7/7 of the top Tier 1s, securing over 195 million vehicles globally. BlackBerry QNX is the market leader in automotive safety-certified embedded software. BMW, Aptiv, Bosch, Ford, GM, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, and Volkswagen rely on BlackBerry QNX software for a wide variety of safety-related systems. These include Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Digital Cockpits, and Secure Data Gateways, which are becoming more common in automobiles. Moreover, with design wins with 24 of the top 25 electric vehicle automakers and providing a safe, reliable, and secure software foundation for autonomous drive vehicle systems, BlackBerry QNX is critical to the future of the automotive industry.

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Corel Acquires Awingu to Accelerate Its Secure Remote Workspace

Corel | June 14, 2022

Corel, a global leader in professional creative and productivity software, announced today the acquisition of Awingu, a supplier of secure remote access technology, for an unspecified amount. Parallels will include Awingu into its brand portfolio. The integration of Awingu and the Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) platform will provide end users with the additional flexibility and freedom they need to safely work from anywhere, at any time, on any device or operating system. Parallels, a subsidiary of Corel, is an all-in-one application delivery and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution that enables remote access to virtual applications and desktops provided through on-premises, hybrid, or cloud-based settings. Awingu's simple and secure unified workspace is ideal for both mid-market and big companies, providing a safe means for businesses to allow bring your own device (BYOD) or work from anywhere policies. With this technology acquisition, Parallels RAS will become a one-stop solution for clients to effortlessly access legacy and cloud-native apps and files, while relieving IT teams of concerns about data security and infrastructure complexity. Prashant Ketkar, Chief Technology and Product Officer, Corel said that “The future of work is now; we are living it. The pandemic further accelerated the need for organizations to determine and shift their remote and hybrid work infrastructures. Now, organizations are figuring out how they can cater to the flexibility that employees want with their workplaces while also ensuring secure and efficient access. We’re committed to helping organizations navigate this shift in the workplace, and with the addition of Awingu we’re one step closer to improving the experience for every stakeholder that interacts with our products.” Awingu will continue working alongside Parallels' solutions to provide secure remote workplaces to clients in the healthcare, banking, manufacturing, government, and telecom industries. Awingu will also broaden its interaction with Parallels in order to speed innovation and offer a uniform capability for safe remote access to both legacy and cloud-native apps. Customers will be able to choose from a variety of solutions that use on-premises assets, hybrid architectures, and any cloud. “I’m excited to join the Corel organization with the Awingu team. Both companies have a customer-first mindset and share the mission to ensure a seamless, secure, and effective workspace no matter where an employee is located. Together with Parallels RAS, we’ll bring a broader, richer set of solutions across the secure remote desktop and app streaming industry to our customers.” Walter van Uytven, CEO, Awingu

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